7 Classic New York Sandwiches + New York Sandwich Masterclass

New York Sandwich

Over 8 million New Yorkers can’t be wrong. The classic sandwich is a staple of the American diet! Consider its portability. Meat, vegetables, and cheese nestled between two pieces of bread become a four-course meal you can eat on the run.

A classic sandwich made by a New York City deli is far more than that turkey breast and mayo on white bread you have after Thanksgiving. It’s a work of art. Condiments are carefully considered, so they will add to the flavor and not detract from it.

No longer content to be relegated to lunch boxes and drug store lunch counters, the sandwich has taken center stage in the NYC foodie scene. Walking food tours are available with visits to some of the best delis and restaurants throughout the city, with historical commentary provided. Take a look at some of New York’s finest, seven classic sandwiches.

1) New York’s Signature Sandwich

Pastrami on rye is a staple among New York’s famous Jewish delicatessens. Sussman Volk, an immigrant from Lithuania, is credited with creating the pastrami sandwich in the late 1800s.

It’s a simple creation of thinly sliced pastrami piled high on rye bread and slathered with spicy brown mustard. Some delis might also add corned beef, but it’s the simple three-ingredient signature pastrami sandwich that is considered one of New York City’s best sandwiches.

Best New York Sandwich - Pastrami On Rye
Pastrami On Rye

2) Chopped Cheese Sandwich

The chopped cheese sandwich takes basic grilled cheese to a whole new level. Onto the flat top grill goes chopped beef and onions. The chopped beef is then added to a hero roll and smothered in melted cheese. Lettuce, tomatoes, and condiments complete the sandwich. It’s comfort food, sandwich style.

Chopped Cheese Sandwich - New York Style Sandwiches
Chopped Cheese Sandwich

3) Bagel And Lox

In the late 19th century, Polish immigrants came to America and brought with them a very curious bread. There was a hole in the center, and the bread was boiled before it was baked. Since those days, bagels have become a staple part of the New York food scene.

Next on the scene was a brined salmon, called lox. It was introduced in America by the Scandinavians and together with a bagel you’ve got the ubiquitous bagels and lox. Add cream cheese, capers, tomato, cucumber, and sliced onion, and you’ve got a cult classic.

Bagel And Lox - New York Sandwich
Bagel And Lox

4) Corned Beef

The origin of corned beef dates back to the 1600s when wealthy British citizens were importing meat from Ireland to fuel their cravings for roast beef. In order to ship the meat, it had to be brined in rock salt, the size of corn kernels. Thus, the term “corned beef” was born.

Today, New Yorkers consume large quantities of the tenderized beef atop rye bread with cabbage, mustard, and pickles. Corned beef sandwiches are popular year-round and especially on St Patrick’s Day.

Corned Beef Sandwich - New York Style Sandwiches
Corned Beef Sandwich

5) Chopped Liver Sandwich

Another classic found at NYC Jewish delis is the chopped liver sandwich. The origin of chopped liver goes back to Ashkenazi Jews who used fried chicken livers chopped with hard-boiled eggs and sliced onions to create a dense pate.

As a sandwich, it is served on rye bread. Chopped liver is also served without the bread, as an appetizer, at many Jewish holiday celebrations.

Chopped Liver Sandwich
Chopped Liver Sandwich

6) Chicken Parm

Breaded chicken, fried or baked to a crispy golden brown, then smothered in red sauce and covered in melted mozzarella cheese, is not from Italy. Why then is it considered an Italian dish?

The original dish, chicken parmigiana, was a popular meal in New York’s Italian expatriate circles. The red tomato sauce and gooey mozzarella cheese came by ship from the old country.

When that warm breaded chicken breast is on crusty bread and topped with sauce and cheese, you’ve got the portable sandwich-style version of this hugely popular Italian-American dish.

Chicken Parm Sandwich
Chicken Parm Sandwich

7) New York Style Hot Dog

Let us resolve this controversy once and for all. Yes, a hot dog is a sandwich.

When a hot dog is served from one of the many street carts throughout the city, it comes with onion relish, spicy brown mustard, and sauerkraut. For the uninformed, it is important to note that an NYC-style hot dog is served with mustard, but never ketchup!

If one must desecrate a hot dog by covering it with sugary sweet ketchup, it must be done in hiding.

NYC-style Hot Dog
NYC-Style Hot Dog

New York Sandwich Masterclass

You can learn how to create your own delicious New York style sandwiches from the comfort of home! Sign up for our Sandwich Masterclass, and we’ll learn how to create one of NYC’s best sandwiches, along with other participants, over a one-hour Zoom call.

The Sandwich Masterclass is perfect for team building, corporate groups, and basically, anyone who wants to learn how to make great-tasting New York style sandwiches.

The class is in session! Book your Zoom Masterclass now!


2 hours
Group Size
At least 1

New York Sandwich Tour

Join your fellow sandwich lovers on this fun, delicious, and thought-provoking food tour as we feast on amazing sandwiches in New York City.

Together we will visit foodie destinations that only NYC locals know about as we debate the question "what is a sandwich?", and answer it by eating different types of delicious sandwiches.

In addition to the delicious sandwiches, you will also hear stories about the history of the sandwich, and the people who make them. We'll also discover street art and learn about the history of New York too.

Come with an open mind, and leave with a FULL stomach (and an answer to whether or not a hotdog, a burger or a taco is a sandwich).

*Vegetarian options available, but not vegan or gluten-free (sorry!)

**Private tours are available for corporate teams. As experienced by Amazon, Google, Audible and more. 

***Don't see a day/time that suits you? Ask us for a new time and we can try to accommodate.

2 hours
Group Size
At least 4

Corporate Events

Looking for a unique team-building event? Holiday party? Or just an excuse to get out of the office with your colleagues?

Then skip the same old tired work drinks or trivia nights and bring your team together with a devilishly delicious debate about whether a hotdog is a sandwich!

Our sandwich tours and cooking classes are perfect for corporate teams looking to enjoy a fun and interactive event filled with food, drink and laughter. We are experts at engaging your entire team (even the shy ones!) during our hotdog debate, and we ensure everyone is able to enjoy the amazing 'sandwiches' we share during our sandwich experiences.

We will happily work with you to customize our tours and classes are customizable to your group's needs - including all dietary restrictions - or you can just sit back, relax, and let us do all the work for you. Either way we'll make sure your stomach and your mind leave fulfilled.

Oh, and did we mention our walking tours all finish at a bar, just in case you want to keep the party (or sandwich debate) going once the tour is done?

Tours start at $65/person all inclusive of food. Group discounts available for larger groups too - the more the merrier!

Send us a message via the Contact tab, or at ben@amanandhissandwich.com to inquire about how we can create the perfect sandwich event for your team

1 hour
Group Size
At least 10

A Sandwich Masterclass - Virtual Cooking Class

Welcome to the only cooking class  that answers the question “Is a hotdog a sandwich?”!

In this virtual cooking class - perfect for team-building events and corporate groups - we will create a delicious New York-style sandwich together across a fun & interactive one-hour Zoom call.

During the Masterclass, we will learn tips and tricks to make your sandwiches taste as amazing as the 'inspo' on @a_man_and_his_sandwich (IG).

We'll chat about our favorite sandwiches, learn about the history of ingredients between bread, and debate whether a hotdog, burger or taco can be considered a sandwich – prepare yourself for the lively debate!

2 hours
Group Size
At least 1

The Beers, Burgers and Buns Experience

Can’t decide between a bar crawl and a food tour whilst you’re in New York? Then why not join an experience that does both!

On the Beers, Burgers, and Buns experience we will do just what the title suggests - drink cold beer (or wine), eat delicious burgers, and bite into some (chicken) buns – as we walk through the fascinating neighborhood of the East Village.

Along the way, we’ll visit three unique bars and two dining spots, plus we’ll learn about the fascinating history of New York City – from the prohibition era to today – and hear the stories of the people behind the food and drink you will be enjoying. What more could you ask for?

This experience is only for those 21 years & older. EVERYONE must bring a valid ID.

Great for solo travelers, corporate groups, and private parties alike.

*Sadly this is not available for vegan and gluten-free diets. Sorry!

2 hours
Group Size
At least 1

Brooklyn Sandwich Tour

New York sandwiches are not confined to just New York City. Brooklyn also offers an amazing range of sandwiches to enjoy too!

In this experience, we will answer the question "what is a sandwich?" as we eat three different interpretations of the sandwich in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

Together we'll visit destinations that you will not find in a typical tourist guidebook as we eat our way through the history and evolution of the sandwich.

Along the way, we'll hear stories about the venues we are eating at and the people who are making our food. We'll discover street art and we'll also learn how the people of Williamsburg have influenced the sandwich game in New York.

**Vegetarian options available, but not vegan or gluten-free (sorry!)**